Coronavirus FAQs

These are the answers to questions about COVID-19 posed by you. We will keep you up to date with any new information and advice as we get it.


If you suspect you have COVID-19

What does the latest news on a third vaccine mean for me?

Why is shielding being paused? What is the evidence base for this decision?

I'm on immunosuppressant drugs and have had 2 COVID jabs, can I start meeting people again?

Will I need to shield again in the future? How will those decisions be taken?

How do I know if I’m on immunosuppressive drugs?

Can I take the vaccine if I’m on immunosuppressants? If I can, will it work as well as it does for other people?

Will the vaccine make my PF worse?

I haven’t had my second dose yet / I have not yet had my vaccine – is it ok for me to stop shielding?

I haven’t heard about my next hospital appointment, what should I do?

Will the Government be writing to clinically extremely vulnerable people?

What about my medical treatment?

Preventing others from infecting you

What about my oxygen supply?

‍I'm feeling more breathless.  Can I have an oxygen test?

What happens if I am admitted to hospital?

Should I wear a face mask?

What about medications and the coronavirus?

What can I do to help others?

This page was originally published on 8 March 2020, and was last updated on 3rd September 2021. This advice is updated as new information becomes available.